2018 Subaru Crosstrek Goes Head-to-Head with Jeep in Tampa, FL, Right Here at Our North Tampa Showroom!

A grudge match for the ages is on deck. Our automaker's stalwart subcompact crossover, in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited trims, is now in its second generation, an upstart just half a decade old and already hailed a capable member of the Subaru SUV lineup. It's squaring up against a similarly new contender in the trailblazing compact sport-utility class, the new Jeep Renegade, in trims from Sport and Upland through Latitude and Altitude to Limited and Trailhawk. You might agree: both models are already known for being off-road champs.

So, who will pull ahead, when it comes to the needs of your weekly commute and that long-planned getaway into nature alike? Will it be our Subaru, straddling the line between hatchback versatility and off-road SUV chops? Or an automaker acclaimed, just like ours, for decades of rugged tradition? Check out the contest for yourself here at Reeves Subaru of Tampa, and we think you'll agree: at the finish line, it's the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. There's more than a few reasons for it, too. 


Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Renegade

  • The Crosstrek is longer overall and by wheelbase, with a wider front and rear track, setting the stage for a ride that's both more stable and confidently level, whether that's just up to Odessa, the Land O' Lakes area, or Wesley Chapel or over to Brandon or Clearwater.
  • That's assisted by permanent, always-on Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel drive, standard from base to top trim and offering the grip atop terrain and through foul weather conditions that both SUV enthusiasts and die-hard Subaru fans have come to love. The new Renegade offers three 4x4 options, but they're all optional throughout the lineup -- that is, until you reach Trailhawk at the line's apex, and with it, a much heftier investment.
  • Moreover, a standard limited-slip differential helps make the most of rear-wheel turning and pulling power, giving you the push you need to power across the thick of it. 2018 Renegade doesn't offer one at base.
  • Our Subaru SUV even offers better fuel economy, up 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg down the highway when equipped with a Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission. With the Jeep option, expect only 24 mpg and 31 mpg respectively. The new Crosstrek also builds in a larger 16.6-gallon fuel tank, weightier than that of Renegade at 12.7 gallons. That's fewer trips to gas up between the interstate and base camp.
  • A tighter 35.4-foot turning radius from curb to curb makes 2018 Crosstrek more maneuverable when jockeying for space, too. Renegade's is a bulkier 36.3 feet.
  • It's more capable, too, enabling you to tow up to 1,500 pounds right out the gate, enough for gear like a small pop-up tent camper. Towing up to 2,000 pounds is possible for our Jeep SUV rival, but it requires an optional 2.4-liter engine, and that's only otherwise standard at the top of the line, in Renegade Limited.
  • Looking for an edge when it comes to space to stretch out and relax for the ride? Subaru Crosstrek has it in passenger volume, 100.9 cubic feet to Jeep at 100.1. That comprehends better leg and shoulder room, both front and rear.
  • It makes the same advance in minimum cargo volume, 20.8 cubic feet to Renegade's 18.5. Ditto for maximum space for luggage and essentials. With rear seating folded, you get 55.3 cubic feet. With Jeep, it's 50.8.